Das Alphabet des Damianus Moyllus

Before David Lance Goines constructed a roman alphabet in excruciating detail in 1982, Damianus Moyllus did the same thing (essentially) 499 years earlier in 1483. Since it was long out of print, Stanley Morison published a facsimile in 1927 in an edition of 350 copies. Forty-four years later, Jan Tschichold arranged for a new edition to be printed. Apparently Moyllus was the first to apply strict geometric reasoning to the making of letters. Don’t quote us on that. But if Tschichold found it worthy, so do we. A lovely little thing, produced with excruciating care and an essay in German that your phone can easily translate into English.
  • Introduction: Jan Tschichold
  • Size: 4.75 × 7.5 inches 
  • Pages: 40
  • Binding: Sewn pamphlet 
  • Language: German
  • Condition: In protective mylar. There are a couple of minor dimples in the soft paper cover, but the interior is spotless and it is on the whole much better than the copy we’ve kept for ourselves.
  • Publisher: Bucherer, Kurrus & Company, 1971